From Van to Toronto: a Life in Two Worlds: Oksen Teghtsoonian

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iUniverse, May 6, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 276 pages
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This memoir describes a long and unusual life that started in eastern Turkey in 1896 in a house with an earthen floor, and ended in middle-class comfort in suburban Toronto nearly a century later. The author was an eyewitness to the first genocide of the 20th century, a horror in which most of his family was lost. He lived through the first World War and the Bolshevik Revolution that led to the creation of the Soviet Union. He fled from Soviet Armenia, first to Moscow and then to London. From there he went with wife and baby daughter to Toronto, where he faced the task of earning a living during the Great Depression. Caught up in this swirl of historical forces he describes in fascinating detail his remarkable story of survival. And, perhaps not the least remarkable fact of this life, he was over 80 years of age when he began writing his life story. There is much here to stimulate and educate, not only those who wish to know more about the Armenian Diaspora, but everyone with an interest in the human condition as it was experienced in other places and in another time.
 

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Contents

Childhood Years 18961908
1
City Life Politics 19061908
15
Growing Up in Van 19091913
30
World War and the April Fights 19141915
44
From Van to Erevan A Death March July 1915
59
A Teacher in Ashdarak November 1915November 1917
75
Life in Erevan November 1917 March 1919
90
Seminaria Spring 1919 Summer 1920
104
Our First Years in Toronto November 3 1923December 31 1924
170
The Early Years in Toronto 19251932
182
Years of Struggle for Survival 193239
195
The War Years and After 19391951
207
A New House and Changing Lives 19491955
220
Married Life and Retirement 19561982
233
Editors Postscript
247
Concluding thoughts about the world economy
251

Marriage and New Jobs May November 1920
118
Civil War and Flight to Tabriz JanuaryJune 1921
132
Two Years with Reverend William Harcourt August 1921August 1923
143
Journey from Erevan to Moscow London Canada August 23November 3 1923
158
The Teghtsoonian name and family tree
257
Maps of the Armenian Homeland
261
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Oksen Teghtsoonian was born in 1896 in Van in eastern Turkey. By 1916 his parents, three brothers and a sister died as a result of the genocide of Armenians and the warfare between Turks and Russians. He immigrated to Canada in 1922 lived in Toronto until his death in 1987.

Oksen Teghtsoonian was born in 1896 in Van in eastern Turkey. By 1916 his parents, three brothers and a sister died as a result of the genocide of Armenians and the warfare between Turks and Russians. He immigrated to Canada in 1922 lived in Toronto until his death in 1987.

Oksen Teghtsoonian was born in 1896 in Van in eastern Turkey. By 1916 his parents, three brothers and a sister died as a result of the genocide of Armenians and the warfare between Turks and Russians. He immigrated to Canada in 1922 lived in Toronto until his death in 1987.

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